Vitamin D for the Soul | Elizabeth Padilla
Lack of vitamin D eventually causes all sorts of physical and mental struggles. We need sunlight to survive and thrive. It’s the same with the soul. Without light, and the clarity, energy and inspiration it gives us, we start to operate as if we were existing miserably in the dark with no power. We don’t need to wait for summer to absorb this vitamin D, we just need to throw open the curtains on our minds anytime and let it in. Speaker: Elizabeth Padilla is a meditation teacher and practitioner with over 37 years of experience with Raja Yoga Meditation. She lives at the Brahma Kumaris Anubhuti Meditation & Retreat Center just north of San Francisco, California, where she manages the programming and retreats. She is a gifted actor and singer, trained at the American Conservatory Theatre. A facilitator in the Appreciative Inquiry method and Self Managing Leadership, she now designs and facilitates retreats, seminars, and workshops for personal development.
Diwali - Our Story Retold
Diwali, the festival of lights, is a celebration of the homecoming and of regaining the lost sovereignty - very relevant to the current times and highlights our own story of victory of good over evil. Join us for a very special event - a lively conversation on the spiritual significance interspersed with reflective moments.
Work Is Love Made Visible | Rachel Priestman
When you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, to one another, and to God Kahlil Gibran In Gibran's famous prose he paints a beautiful and powerful picture of what it is to work with love. But what if you hate what you are doing? Should you simply leave it and follow your dream, or learn to love what you do. Maybe neither seems possible. Our speaker this evening will explore this common and complicated dilemma which many of us face. Speaker: Rachel Priestman Rachel’s varied career has spanned librarianship, urban regeneration, PR and marketing, events and arts management - and a few other things in between. She currently volunteers with the Brahma Kumaris at Global Co-operation House in London, where she helps with media and public engagement activities.
Celebrating the Spirit of Community | World Values Day
The world is a web of inter-locking, interactive communities of interest through which we fulfil our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs and connect with others in ways that give greater meaning and purpose to our life. This evening we will celebrate the essence of three very different but exciting communities where people feel valued and respected and able to make a contribution to making the world a better place. The UK Values Alliance and Brahma Kumaris (UK) are delighted to invite you to join two special online events exploring and celebrating this year’s theme of COMMUNITY – the theory and practice of how to create powerful, positive communities in which people feel valued, accepted and heard in a world that often rides rough-shod over our humanity. Contributors: Zina Manda is the compassionate co-founder and owner of an award-winning community café situated in a medical centre in an area of London challenged by poverty and isolation. The Lounge Café is mainly staffed by volunteers in need of work experience and provides high quality, freshly cooked meals at affordable prices. It also runs a pay-forward scheme to feed customers who have no money; offers classes on how to eat well and cook on a budget and supports asylum seekers and others in a variety of ways. Onjali Q. Raúf is a dynamic, multi award-winning children’s author and women’s and refugee human rights activist. She is the founder and CEO of Making Herstory which works to end the abuse, enslavement and trafficking of women and girls in the UK, and O’s Refugee Aid Team which mobilises aid convoys and funds to help frontline refugee response teams across northern France and beyond. She is the author of six books, including the Sunday Times bestseller The Boy at the Back of the Class. In 2019 she was listed as one of BBC’s 100 most influential women from around the world. This year she was awarded an MBE for her services to women’s rights and children’s literature. Daxa Shah is the inspiring co-ordinator of ‘Inner Space Wembley’ – a community centre that supports individuals, local communities and businesses to cope with the stresses of life today through a variety of free self development courses, talks and raja yoga meditation. In 2014, she was recognised by the Mayor of Brent as a ‘Community Champion’ for her service to Wembley’s ethnically diverse population. She works tirelessly with the local authority as a Multi-Faith representative.
Facing the Challenges of Our Rapidly Changing World |
Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” – Howard Zinn A conversation between faith leaders and scientists sharing their vision of a flourishing and sustainable world. Many people now recognise that as citizens of planet earth we are living through a critical moment of choice as we wake up from the slumber of materialism and profit at any cost. Whilst our efforts have been focused on turning back the clock in order to reverse the damage done, perhaps the time has now come for a radical re-think, a re-envisioning of how to create a world in which we can all thrive. This event, as a contribution to The Great Big Green Week, brings together faith leaders and scientists to share their vision of what a flourishing and sustainable world would look like, along with practical insights as to what we can do to get there. Dr. Thomas Bruhn is a physicist leading the transdisciplinary research groupTransformative Spaces and Mindsets (TranS-Mind) at the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam.Dr Bruhn is also leading a project to explore how the transformation of mental paradigms and specific qualities like mindfulness and compassion can be integrated into processes for sustainability. Before joining the IASS he did research on semiconductor nanomaterials in Berlin, Rome and Marseille. He is also a member of the German Association of Scientists (VDW). Philippa Blackham is a journalist and radio presenter. Having worked for BBC Radio 4 in the UK for many years she now coordinates a national project, 100 Women of Spirit, which recognises the spiritual contribution to society made by women. She is an ordained Interfaith Minister and student of Raja Yoga Meditation with The Brahma Kumaris. Canon Giles Goddard has been Vicar of St John’s since September 2009. He is Chair of the Inclusive Church and is closely involved in helping the Church of England to be more fully inclusive. He is chair of Faith for the Climate which aims to support interfaith work on climate change and is a member of the Church of England’s Environment Working Group. He has also written a book: “Space for Grace – creating inclusive churches”. Maureen Goodman is the Programme Director for the Brahma Kumaris UK and the Brahma Kumaris representative at the United Nations, Vienna. Maureen’s work with the spiritual and ethical dimensions of climate change explores the nature of harmony and the connection between our inner state of being and the state of our Earth. She was a member of the BK delegation to COP 26, contributing to workshops and dialogues on the ethical and spiritual dimensions of climate change. She also contributes to the Spirit of Humanity Forum, a platform for leaders to discover new and values based ways to move forward. James Mair is Emeritus Professor of Marine Biology. He has done 40 years of research and teaching activities at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, together with collaborative research projects on marine biodiversity studies in various countries in Latin America. He is interested in the connection between human spirituality and its practical application in ecological sustainability activities. Prof Mair has been a guest speaker at Brahma Kumaris side events at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity COP14 in Egypt in 2018 and at the recent UN Oceans 2022 conference in Lisbon.
Disillusionment - The Paradox | Jude Pemell
To be a true seeker of truth it is necessary that at least once in your life, you doubt, as far as possible, all things. Rene Descartes In a world plagued with 'post-truth' and false news, for the person who awakens through disillusionment, life becomes filled with meaning. Presenter: Jude Pemell will explore the paradoxical nature of reality and truth, skepticism, and enlightenment in life as we know it. Jude is a Sydney-based writer, filmmaker, and forensic psychotherapist with more than three decades experience in her field. She has been meditating since 1983.
The Origin and Nature of Violence | Mike George
Why we all express envy, resentment and hate …eventually! We are all violent at some stage in our life. It seems no one is exempt. It may not become physical but remain at the emotional and mental levels. Sometimes referred to as self sabotage, it separates couples, breaks up families, diminishes performance at work and makes some lawyers rich! But why is it inevitable? Tonight Mike will mark the International Day of Non-violence with an exploration into what makes some people think and act violently as well as how to transform both the impulse and the intention. He explores: • The origins of all violence • The different expressions of violence • Why is violence on the increase throughout society • How to cultivate the nature of non-violence Mike George is an author of 16 books, including Don’t Get MAD Get Wise, Being Your Self and The 7 Myths About LOVE. With insight and humour he brings together the three key strands of the 21st Century - self-awareness, emotional intelligence and continuous unlearning. J.Krishnamurti once said: “When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”
World Meditation Hour | Dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II
Humour - a hidden power | Mathias Steffen
A person without a sense of humour is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road. Henry Ward Beecher Humour has the power to bring people together, smooth interactions and help us to overcome challenging or even potentially embarrassing situations with a light touch. But humour can also be divisive and be wielded at the expense of others. So where does humour spring from and how can it be used as a means of uplifting others along with enhancing our own ability to heal and navigate through life with equanimity? Speaker: Mathias Steffen Mathias lives in Switzerland and is a stress and resilience coach and a former headmaster. Since discovering Raja Yoga during his travels in India, Mathias has found that by practically applying a spiritual perspective in his life, he has been able to deal with all sorts of people and challenges in a positive way. Mathias coordinates the activities of the Brahma Kumaris Centre in Zurich and is part of the National Coordinators Team in Switzerland.
How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty | Lotta Arbman
No, may be a grammatically complete sentence but most of know that when we use it, the recipient’s raised eyebrows, or expectant expression, has usually led us to on to justifying our ‘no’ and sometimes even reneging altogether. How can we feel comfortable with a straight and simple no? How can we create healthy boundaries in our relationships, without getting defensive or aggressive? And how can accept the No’s of others, without feeling offended or rejected? Speaker: Lotta Arbman Mostly based in Stockholm, Lotta is the National Coordinator for Brahma Kumaris in Sweden. At heart, Lotta is an inquisitive dreamer with an artistic background in illustration and painting. For some 13 years, Lotta has been able to combine her creative flair with her administrative skills as Secretary to the Spirit of Humanity Forum. The Forum is a platform for leaders to discover new and innovative ways to move forward, based on deep human values.
Mastering Anxiety | Marcelo Bulk
Anxiety is a state of dis-ease, which disturbs our peace of mind, spoils our relationships, damages our health and takes the joy out of living. It is an understandable but not inevitable reaction to living in a world which seems to be spinning out of control. A chronic sense of indecisiveness, uncertainty, self-doubt and apprehension are all indications that a major shift of perception, rather than a temporary shift in circumstances may be required if we are to regain our natural state of calmness and live more from love rather than from fear. Join Marcelo Bulk to explore what you can do – or not do - to become free from anxiety! Speaker: Marcelo Bulk Marcelo has been associated with theBrahma Kumaris for 38 years and is the National Co-ordinator of the University’s activities in Colombia. He has worked as a business consultant and facilitator with several major companies in Latin America, Asia and Europe and is currently associated with the Union Consulting Group in Colombia and the Oxford Leadership Academy (UK). Marcelo lectures internationally on topics related to self-leadership, human values and meditation and is the author of The Pathway towards Leadership published in Spanish and Portuguese.
Building Trust & Respect with Planet and Community - In the Spirit of the Talanoa Dialogue
Talanoa fosters stability and inclusiveness in dialogue, by creating a safe space that embraces mutual respect for a platform for decision making for a greater good.” UNFCCC website. Join the Brahma Kumaris in partnership with Faith for the Climate as a contribution to London Climate Action Week, with a special focus on Africa, on the road to COP27. Inspirations from key speakers. Maureen Goodman is the Programme Director for the Brahma Kumaris UK and the Brahma Kumaris (BK) representative at the United Nations, Vienna. At COP26, she contributed to workshops and dialogues on the ethical and spiritual dimensions of climate change. Canon Giles Goddard has been Vicar of St John’s since September 2009. He is Chair of Faith for the Climate, which endeavours to support faith communities in their work on climate change, and is a member of the Church of England’s Environment Working Group. John Ndiritu is a Professor of Water Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a keen meditator and has been conducting research on the effect of consciousness on water and its applicability to sustainable farming. Take part in one of the group dialogues: Fair and Resilient Climate Transitions Adaptation and Ambition Inspiring Effective Climate Action Restoring our Sacred Relationship with the Land